WRITTEN BY: Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, Todd Louiso
DIRECTED BY: Justin Kurzel
STARRING: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Sean Harris
RATING: 2.5 stars
Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) is a duke of Scotland who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Driven by his ambition and encouraged by his pushy wife (Marion Cotillard), Macbeth murders the king and takes the throne. But once he is in power, Macbeth's world soon starts to crumble.
If you studied Macbeth at school like I did then you already know this Shakespearean tragedy well. I have always enjoyed watching plays of Shakespeare's work but films often fail to capture the essence of the bard's words. Director Justin Kurzel tries his best, but the film is too long and the climactic moments of the plot are lost in the wash of all the dreary scenes. The battle sequences are shot quite well, including the use of slow motion. The acting was also very good, although some actors mumbled their way through the dialogue. But ultimately, the film turned what is a fascinating study of a complex and tragic character into a drawn-out drama.